In my first track day season, I had been hearing from my track days buddies that one of the best ways to get better on the track was to get a small bike and do small tracks. So in 2018 I added a Yamaha R3 and although I thought all the fun and training would happen on small tracks, I found out how much fun they are on big tracks. In 2019, this was the bike I chose to focus on while getting my road racing license... and then began racing.
What were some of the reasons that I chose this bike?
When I started the season, CW didn't make a y-pipe for the R3... so they came and picked up mine and created the first one. I ordered the stainless slip on (with baffle option) exhaust.
I took the R3 to M-Tech Motosports in Bend Oregon and they added a tuner, then put it on the dyno.
Mark Degross of 2-Fast gives us some details and then we show the resulting dyno sheets.
R3 Dyno Video - 3:40 minutes
See a Four Way Split Screen of One Lap at PIR 2:43 minutes
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I had several reasons for switching to aftermarket clip-ons: better riding position, replaceable parts, solid mount for the hand guards. The quality is excellent - which you expect from Woodcraft. The clip-ons were a huge improvement over the stock position which totally sucks on this series R1, making this a mandatory update in my opinion. For the R3 these come in two styles: straight mount and forward mount; they suggested the forward mount since I was racing and I'm glad I went with that (although you have to mod your dashboard mount). Hand guards are mandatory for many if not all racing organizations, and don't settle for those cheap ones as they mount terribly and are basically worthless (I had them on my CBR954 in J2TD)... the Woodcraft lever guards mount really secure (note: use Blue thread lock to secure).
1.5 Inch Clip-On Riser Assembly
15-010x Hand Guard Assembly - Both Sides
The 2019 season was my first time ever using tire warmers. I used them with my R11 Bridgestones all season and they were amazing. My pit crew (my wife) had no problems learning how to put them on and take them off quickly. The side curtains are great at holding the heat in, and their quick disconnects took the worry out of messing anything up. Make it easy on yourself and order the optional 31-2500 soft carrying cases for easy storage.
RDR Review Video and Photos 2:08 minutes
If you race toe guards are required in most organizations. These devices help protect your body parts from getting caught between the chain and sprocket. As you can imagine, these would be wise to have on your street bikes as well (if you like all of your body parts).
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RDR Review Video and Photos 1:26 minutes
See close up photos of the installation of T-Rex sliders, engine case covers, axle sliders, exhaust slider, spools, and their strapless tie downs setup for my 2015 Yamaha R3.
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